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Heres the video. Sorry can't 'add' it to the other post. Lame G+. Kitchen Sink LED Clock doing it's thing.
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Bought two bonsai trees. about 60cm high, they look really nice and are apparently in great shape... problem is, I don't know what tree these are! One of them could be a Yew, but the other one with the darker leaves doesn't look familiar, nor can I find 'the' google pic...
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Anyone had any luck contacting the EFF about the #takerbot  patents? I tried emailing the 3dprinting@eff.org address given on the post linked below, but it bounced back with an "unrouteable address" error, so I re-sent to info@eff.org. Here's what I sent:

The recently published list of makerbot patents (first pointed out to the community here: http://www.openbeamusa.com/blog/2014/5/22/stay-classy-makerbot) includes a number of patents that appear to be directly taken from open source projects. I looked over this list of patents and attempted to match them up to the corresponding creators so that they could evaluate them for prior art here: https://plus.google.com/+Whosawhatsis/posts/hNHyk9dZhU7

A couple of these patents were specifically related to my own work. The first that I found was the "QUICK-RELEASE EXTRUDER” patent http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0120196.html which is derived from the work of myself and others. The " Foreign Patent and Non-Patent Documents” section of this patent application has since been updated to reference the publication of my design and others, so it appears that the appropriate prior art has been filed.

The second patent based on my work does not include a reference to it. The patent "TAGGED BUILD MATERIAL FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING” (http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2014/0117585.html) is attempting to patent the methods of conveying material information to the printer that my group has developed. We  have been publicly developing an open standard for this type of information to make it available to all printer and print material manufacturers and enable interoperability between them since May of last year. My initial proposal of this system can be found at https://plus.google.com/+Whosawhatsis/posts/PpqnQ8pKJin. Further development has been done in a public Google Plus community at https://plus.google.com/communities/107859862288161234107 and on github at https://github.com/camerin/UFIDS_pages, and our current implementation is available at http://ufids.org/. Any of these links should be usable as a prior art publication to invalidate this patent, and I would like to request any help that the EFF can provide in preventing this and the other patents listed in the links above from being granted.
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Google, you're doing it wrong.
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My office in 1996. Was digging in old PhotoCDs, and found that!
Note the powermac running MkLinux (for you youngster who think you've known linux for a long time ;-)) and the trendy Ericsson phone. w00t indeed :-)
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Hey Mklinux was my very first brief Linux experience... I didn't start seriously use linux however until 98/9
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Right side of the desk. won't show the left side cause it'a s bit untidy!

My wife threatened me to go and "buy a bright LED sort of clock". That didn't go well as you can imagine. So I made the "Kitchen Sink Clock" here. It's one of these cheapo AVR atmega328p board, a "sure electronics" 32x8 LED matrix, with a enc28j60 ethernet controller for NTP and stuff, an FIR sensor to kick in the extra brightness when someone shows up, a dht22 temperature/humidity sensor (that scrolls the display) and a i2c RTC module.
All of that sits on top other bits of projects, of course :-)
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Just been working on some #makerbot  stuff...
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I inherited a big box of old tools. Mostly chisels, files etc. Pretty much all from good makers in Sheffield, so definitely worth saving.
Started to pass them into the electrolysis bath. Just need water, baking soda and a power supply. After a bit of brushing once they are out and a coating of oil, they are almost like new!
Some of them will require quite a bit of bench grinder to redo the edge tho, I never understand how people can try to use chisels as screwdrivers :-(
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I love the electrolysis rust removal method. The instructions I had read said to use washing soda (sodium carbonate) instead of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). But if it works, it works.
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Lounge Audio System, version 1.0b1
Now, this is better. I use a 4 channel car amp (1800 fscking W, 50 quid of ebay) with a LED power supply as power stage (around 10 quid). The music is steamed from the LAN to a raspi (25 quid), with a USB #DAC (~15-20, of ebay too). I will probably replace the #raspi with something better, it was just handy.
Might also have to upgrade the supply, it 'sings' a little under load.

The whole unit will be placed back onto that wall, hiding the outlets and stuff. It's already painted the same color as the wall.
Next phase will have a small AVR listen to command and power a relay to turn off the mains on the amp.
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I am working on something similar, just with some class d from adafruit.
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New temporary audio setup hooked up. Somewhere, an "audiophile" is sacrificing a kitty :->
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And that's just because of the spring clips on the amp.
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Chateau Lafon 1999. It was a gamble like with all these old bottles, but the cork was pretty much intact, and it smells and tastes fantastic. Really beautiful. And I have a brace of welsh pheasants in the oven to do it the honour it deserves. 
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How well one lives in Windsor :)
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